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7 Crushing Difficulty Spikes That Will Utterly Destroy You

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Rob presents our list of 7 crushing difficulty spikes that will utterly destroy you. Experienced any of these or think of any we've missed? Let us know in the comments! PlayStation Access brings you PS4, PS3 and PSVita news, features and gameplay every week, giving you unprecedented access to the biggest titles on PlayStation. Subscribe now to ensure you never miss out: http://bit.ly/AccessSub All music featured courtesy of epidemicsound.com Want more? Rob's Twitter: http://bit.ly/RobPearson Dave's Twitter: http://bit.ly/DavidJackson Nath's Twitter: http://bit.ly/NathanDitum Hollie's Twitter: http://bit.ly/HollieBennett Join us on Facebook: http://bit.ly/AccessFB Follow us on Twitter: http://bit.ly/TweetAccess
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TheProWeirdo 225 (1 day ago)
The sewer thing from ratchet and clank is easy come on, u exaggerated
TtR /\nJaRa (3 days ago)
"What Rob is experiencing here is a phenomenon called... a difficulty spike..."
George Minton (3 days ago)
The Trial of Archimedes in God of War Ascension pissed me off when I played it on hard mode!
MasterOfSwagger (4 days ago)
The Ratchet & Clank "Escape the sewers" bit wasn't even hard... I beat it first try
mini eek (6 days ago)
EW A FILTHY CASUAL
Spiderfly (8 days ago)
Wu tang taste the pain end boss was a nightmare
TakethatNPC's (12 days ago)
The original ratchet and clank was fine for me until the last boss fight. I couldnt bother finishing it.
Clinky (13 days ago)
WHAT A FILTHY CASUAL....
Taku たくみな (14 days ago)
But Ratchet and Clank was easy?
Daniel Javaux (20 days ago)
I absolutely love how there was a Legend of the Dragoon clip in this!!!! @ 5:26 !!
KaZiE-_-InDy game show (21 days ago)
Grant from Pokemon x and y.
darksunwithin (23 days ago)
1:01 look at those hateful eyes!
Lawrence Stevens (24 days ago)
I played ratchet and clank on normal and it wasn’t hard at all.
Edgar Larios (25 days ago)
Playing Ratchet and Clank 2016 on easy mode... Man! That game IS easy mode when compared to the original 3, even on its hardest setting!
Fatmancheesecake (28 days ago)
Am I the only one who didn't find dark souls hard, but things like Jak 2 were excruciatingly difficult?
Lee Page (30 days ago)
I had never played a God of War before until the latest one which I completed recently, thought it was amazing so I’ve decided to play all the old ones through Playstation Now. I got to the spike towers yesterday and it drove me mad , haven’t shouted at my tv like that for years and years haha!
shamlix (1 month ago)
my most memorable spike of difficulty is god of war 2 fight vs zeus
H4rl3y_Qu1nn (1 month ago)
I laughed so hard from 0:40 to 1:25. Literal tears running down my cheeks. But I’m the only gamer in my family so no one else understood what I was laughing at 😂😂😂
A random guy (1 month ago)
The answer to the first one is simple JUST MASH R1
James Goldsby (1 month ago)
Fantastic
Polar Bear (1 month ago)
Personally I think Jax and daxtor is the death march version of ratchet and clank but there was certain parts of ratchet that got pretty hard but once you figured it out it was easy
Phoenix (1 month ago)
Best part of this video : 1:00
MartinJimbobBrockett (1 month ago)
I normally find Gizmaluke in FF9 a challenge, as it’s really early in the game so grinding chances have been few, and suddenly this is thrown at you. It normally take me a couple of tries.
Obsidianation (1 month ago)
That goddamn spike tower in God Of War pissed me off to the point where I had a splitting headache from all the shouting
Matthew Hale (1 month ago)
i died laughing when he said EXP obesity
elbowgreese (1 month ago)
Ship Graveyard difficulty spike? I thought it was when the game finally decided to be fun
John Young (1 month ago)
Crash 1 high road that’s all I’m saying. The game is pretty easy until you get to that level And that spike in god of war always makes me rage when I play it
Logan Palmer (1 month ago)
It's always the turret mini-game sections in the Jak games for me. Jak 1 - Shooting the swamp rat lurkers in Boggy Swamp (WAY harder than the fishing mini-game) Jak 2 - Shooting the Krimson Guard jetpack guys and the battleship at the Drill Platform Jak 3 - Defending Spargus from the War of the Worlds-esque mech things near the end of the game.
Betadeath564 (1 month ago)
Honestly the real difficulty spike in uncharted 3 is that one guy in chapter 14 with the armour and chain gun. Litterally kills you in shot on brutal mode. I rage quit at him
Tim Clark (1 month ago)
Ni no kuni 2 has one too when you fight brineskimmer. Its level 42. I'm level 37. Every boss till now I've been over leveled.
The Real Outsider (1 month ago)
I personally thought the challenge of olympus in the first GOW was a much higher difficulty spike, especially the last one... I spent 6 hours doing just the last one
Sith 1605 (1 month ago)
ok so remember how you mentioned overleveling is great well the last time i played dark cloud 1 for ps2 i got such a good sword that i managed to beat dran in 2 HITS
Adam (1 month ago)
I did #7 first time, wasn’t even aware it was a spike!
Grey Rifter Rellik (1 month ago)
5:10 Never underestimate the power of running away like a wuss, for those who master it are effectively untouchable
Prismatic Sans (1 month ago)
One of the worst difficulty spikes I've ever been through was the Batomys boss fight in Valkyria Chronicles. Massive tank that comes out of nowhere, and has an invincible bodyguard that can one round any of your units. Ridiculous yes, but can eventually be overcome.
vDorgengoa (2 months ago)
Dragon Ball Budokai 1: Story mode Gohan vs Cell final fight. My child self gave up only to return years later after 2 was released in order to find it surprisingly easy
The_Unnamed (2 months ago)
What about the part in darksiders warmstered edition twilight cathedral where you have to get the last sword and have to face 3 really hard enemies with no checkpoints
Xzei (2 months ago)
9:03 why... didn't you just jump up again? This tower was insanely easy... the horizontal rotating platforms were a bit more annoying
Ben’s Poon Shield (2 months ago)
Thalmor Embassy Skyrim?
Crozzy kun (2 months ago)
Sans boss fight from undertale,jinpachi from tekken 5
Autisti666 (2 months ago)
I actually howerboarded my way out of the water slums.
TorchBaby (2 months ago)
We need an HD version of of Jak 2
123mat1231 (2 months ago)
Bring Delsin back
Limmy Lan (2 months ago)
Uncharted 3 and ratchet and clank werent that hard to complete...
Dave PBG (2 months ago)
I'm a casual and the sewer from Ratchet took me 3 attempts. The first 2 were literally just to show me you couldn't stop and fight anything, just run. The first 2 attempts i tried kill, run, kill run, kill. on every play through since it's been a one shot. this level may kill you 2-3 times but that's about it. had more deaths on final boss or random gunship / large brain encounters then i got a level 10 ryno and deaths became a memory
scottseguin24 (2 months ago)
Yeah my cousin had driver and I only beat the tutorial once and it was so difficult not knowing what to do but then again I was 7- 8 yrs old so I don't know what your issue was.
Jesse Karella (2 months ago)
idk what he was talking about on Jak & daxter 2, the water in that game is not instant death. in fact you need to swim in order to retrieve certain (none required) items like precursor orbs.
Joseph Leatherbarrow (2 months ago)
10:21 just like I cant believe evan's not a girl.
Slytherin Guy (2 months ago)
0:00 pop
kakashi Hatake (2 months ago)
Kingdom hearts chain of memories floor 11 organization boss anyone?
Bigvic Warrior (2 months ago)
Wow. I never knew that the sewer part in Ratchet & Clank was so hard. I remember my cousin owning the demo of the original on the PS2 and whenever we got to that part we tried to rush as fast as all hell just to see what lied beyond. Unfortunately, we never got the chance to find out :( I could try by myself but sadly, my cousin gave his PS2 away to a friend some years ago... Wish he gaved that to me :(
Chris Gonzalez (3 months ago)
I saw the Driver tutorial and instantly died of laughter from memories of not being able to pass it
WHAT A FILTHY CASUAL YOU ARE !
semi awesomatic (3 months ago)
Dark souls definitely have a difficulty Spike. Have you fought ornstein and smough? After that it's smooth sailing, but O&S will screw a new player numerous times (third try for me cuz solaire summon. Praise the sun!). Dark souls 2 is just a clusterfuck, but in 3 the dancer marks a steep difficulty Spike if you fight her early, like I did...
Knorkes Holzbrett (3 months ago)
that Jak2 mission where you had to clean the canalisation with 3 idiots who where A, ultra slow and B, always getting killed. or where you had to do the race through whole haven city against that one guy from the crimson guard 😥
Ben Winsor (3 months ago)
I think people stuck on these bits for so long, sorry your just not that good..... lol
Backyard Chairman (3 months ago)
I played the sewer on normal and it was very easy. I'm assuming this guy is at least 20 years older than me...
Catarina Marmelada (3 months ago)
I must disagree with you because crushing ratchet and uncharted were super doable! Not that hard, actually Love all your videos 😂 keep on the awesome work 👏
Sir Jedsalot (3 months ago)
Beat sewer 1st try
DragonKing (3 months ago)
Is...is no one going to talk about that blasted first oblivion gate in the elder scrolls IV? By then you've killed a couple bandits, looted their hideouts and then you get w alloped by dremora. My character was bow based too and I ran out of arrows, and then had to use my knife, which broke soon after. I don't want to ever think about that...ever.
The Metrofire Gamer (3 months ago)
The whole of Rainbow Six Siege
Linko.Mp3 (3 months ago)
The Ratchet and Clank Sewer sequence and the GTA sa train mission are both easy
Bayek of Siwa (3 months ago)
I dont remember the first difficulty spike being that hard on ps2
Bayek of Siwa (3 months ago)
LAUGH
SUPERSIZED (3 months ago)
You forgot UVHM in the borderlands series
Jonathan N. (3 months ago)
What made porco grosso annoying for me was the fact that just about any move he pulls of knocks you of your feet Lost 2 miracle moves because of that
Ty Edwards (3 months ago)
What about shadow of war grave walker and brutal difficulty?
Nicholas Bumgardner (3 months ago)
Haha, this made remember that damn Driver tutorial and the slalom. I spent some time on the back in the day
Total awesomeness (3 months ago)
Is Rob gonna kill me if i said that i found the escape the sewer part from Ratchet and Clank 2016 easier than the rest of the game?
eating only apples (3 months ago)
No one ever beat the tutorial of Driver
oasisbeyond (3 months ago)
Ni no kuni is just randmly cheap... Not hard, cheap, game is a breeze then you are too weak out of no where.
GaresTheDark (3 months ago)
Final Fantasy Tactics has 2 really bad spikes: Golgorund Execution Site (you are split up and outnumbered, plus Gafgarion is always an issue) and *shudder* the Wiegraf 1v1 battle.
Prestige (3 months ago)
FILTHY CASUAL
Sean Motes (3 months ago)
I used to get stuck on the Part of KH2 when you have to fight the pirates for the medallion but could only hit them in the moonlight, yeah... Then it just became “Why the f*ck is Xaldin so hard”
Lilly Beckham (3 months ago)
Apartment 7 I never got caught at a disadvantage because I always build up all my characters in multi-character games evenly when one character reaches 11 point I change the character out to another character and get used to using every single character that I'm that I have even if I don't like the character just so I don't get carded at a disadvantage if I'm forced to use that character
Mahfuz Ahmed (3 months ago)
Top 10 anime plot twists
Jeff Husketh (3 months ago)
I had almost forgotten about all the time i wasted trying to beat the Driver tutorial... thanks for those horrible memories! Also Demon gate in FF7 sucks... that is all.
serenadesilhout (3 months ago)
Aeris is the most op character in the game. If you want unfair difficulty, try Xenogears. You have those sections of the game where you fight several bosses one after the other. The save points are also pretty sparse.
Brennan Hoskins (3 months ago)
FITHY CASUALALALALALALALALALALALAL
Ciaran Murray (3 months ago)
Slalom Slalom you idiot do you wanna play this game or not i said SLALOMMMMM 😂😂😂😂😂
Catherine Myers (4 months ago)
This entire list is my entire rage life in games.
saul isthetruth (4 months ago)
the child of disaster from atelier escha and logy. smh
Jxudo (4 months ago)
I always play on the easiest difficulty. I like the experience of the game, not the pointless challenge.
chris baker (4 months ago)
Crushing difficulty levels ? SMT : Devil Survivor 1&2? Anyone ? Hmmm?
George Duble (4 months ago)
DS games have difficulty spikes, very noticeble spikes. The begining is considered easy and then somewhere after 1/4 into the game you hit your first wall and there are few of them.
Derpydoes YouTube (4 months ago)
New difficulty spike: THOSE STUPID ELECTRIC GUYS IN BATMAN ARKHAM KNIGHT!!!!!
Norman Alastair (4 months ago)
Nier automata has one. If you don’t do side quests which I didn’t when your thrown into route C it’s near impossible ( I swear if anyone makes a joke on that )
Sloan Anderson (4 months ago)
WHAT A FILTHY CASUAL
DundenOverwatch (4 months ago)
wait, there was a difficulty spike in ratchet and clank? didn't notice
lameduck (4 months ago)
Actually i have beat the game on hard without losing once
lameduck (4 months ago)
And the sewer section on rilgar was one of the easiest section because the only thing that could kill u was water unless u got killed by the ameboids and if u do u suc
Rawden (4 months ago)
I was thinking Goat man from Final Fantasy Tactics. Which is immediately followed by the most frustrating escort mission in history.
John Smith (4 months ago)
there is another attack that circumvents demons gates vitality stat, its Red Xiii 3rd level limit break Howling Moon, it which turns the fight into a cakewalk.
Campbell Gray (4 months ago)
Can I buy the PlayStation access sticker for the dual shock controller?
AceOfSp4des13 (4 months ago)
LEL I’d pay them to beat dark souls 3 on 7ng+.
Back Country Pastimes (4 months ago)
That difficulty spike rob face is the face you'll have on the whole time when playing Jak 2. You'll most likely do what a lot of others do and skip straight to Jak 3, trust me it's worth it, it's not hard to catch up on the story. For me, Jak 2 was certainly a love hate relationship for me
yaro42 (4 months ago)
in jak 2 at this water slums, you turn into dark jack, jump above water then hit square and bang, you just swim to the end, ezz
Reese Locritos (4 months ago)
Yakuza kiwami shooting section.
Júlíus Ólason (4 months ago)
Finished rarchet on the hardest difficulty
Gabriel Fernandes Pulice (4 months ago)
Did somebody dicover porco grosso is portuguese for thick pig?!?! That's THIK!
Jamie Walsh (4 months ago)
The Uncharted one got me a few goes to do, but when I did it, I felt like a god

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